The Cad Factory
The Cad Factory is an artist led organisation creating an international program of new, immersive and experimental work guided by authentic exchange, ethical principles, people and place. The idea first began as a recording studio and an informal performance space in Sydney in 2003.
In 2007 The Cad Factory purchased a remote old school house in The Riverina in Regional New South Wales, with the intention of it being a retreat for artists. But they were impressed by the landscape, the access to space, the giant structures and machinery used in primary industry and moved there permanently in 2010. The Cad Factory approaches environmental challenges through contemporary arts practice in a number of ways.
Since moving to Birrego, The Cad Factory has engaged with the land through varied artistic projects. One such example is ‘On Common Ground’, a 3 day festival of textiles, performance, video projection, installation, story telling and music cantered around the contested site of the Murrumbidgee river. Over its recent history the site has experienced colonisation, the development of agriculture, species extinction, continuing environmental changes and resource management initiatives such as the Murray Darling Basin Plan.